Coach's Corner

Please refer to this page to help organize your team's play at Cooperstown Dreams Park.

Please check this page periodically for updated information.

  • The 2017 Coach Kit IS NOW AVAILABLE.
  • To help you or your parents obtain room accommodations please visit our Links page or Family Guide page.
  • If you have questions please feel free to contact us at 704-630-0050.

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2017 SKILLS COMPETITIONS RULES AND REGULATIONS

The Skills Competitions will be held immediately following the Cooperstown Dreams Park Opening Ceremony.

ROADRUNNER

Fastest time Wins

One player from each team is timed running the bases from home to home. EACH MISSED BASE, INCLUDING HOME PLATE, WILL RESULT IN A 5 SECOND PENALTY.

(Top qualifiers from preliminary round will participate on "Little Majors Stadium" for the champioship trophy.)

GOLDEN ARM

Most Points Wins

One player from each team gets 3 throws from the centerfield area, approximately 125 feet, to home plate. Each throw will receive a score based upon accuracy and distance.

(Top qualifiers from preliminary round will participate on "Little Majors Stadium" for the championship trophy.)

KING OF SWAT

Most Home Runs Wins

One player from each team gets to face the single-wheel JUGGS® pitching machine. Each player gets five swings (ten in the finals).

(Top qualifiers from preliminary round will participate on "Little Majors Stadium" for the championship trophy.)

Cooperstown Dreams Park will provide bat for both preliminary and final.

A SPECIAL COOPERSTOWN DREAMS PARK TROPHY WILL BE PRESENTED
TO THE WINNING PARTICIPANT AT THE END OF EACH OF THE
ABOVE INDIVIDUAL CONTESTS.

AROUND THE HORN PLUS

FASTEST TIME WINS

Eight (8) or nine (9) players will compete from each team in this contest (pitcher optional). Each base must be tagged, outfiled bases are placed 135 feet from home plate. Teams will compete in alphabetical order. NO PASSING WILL BE ALLOWED.

(Top qualifiers from preliminary round will participate on "Little Majors Stadium" for the champioship trophy.)

(Players may tag base with glove or any part of the body!)

  • The PITCHER throws the baseball to the CATCHER. (The team's time begins when the CATCHER tags home plate and releases the baseball.) If the catcher misses home plate, time begins when the baseball is released + a 5 second penalty is assessed.
  • The CATCHER must throw the ball to the THIRD BASEMAN tagging third base.
  • The THIRD BASEMAN must throw the ball to the SECOND BASEMAN tagging second base.
  • The SECOND BASEMAN must throw the ball to the FIRST BASEMAN tagging first base.
  • The FIRST BASEMAN must throw the ball to the CATCHER tagging home plate.
  • The CATCHER must throw the ball to the SHORTSTOP tagging second base.
  • THE SHORTSTOP must throw the ball to the RIGHT FIELDER tagging the outfield spot in right field and throwing the ball to the SECOND BASEMAN tagging second base.
  • THE SECOND BASEMAN must throw the ball to the CENTER FIELDER who must tag the outfield spot in centerfield and throw the ball to the THIRD BASEMAN tagging third base.
  • THE THIRD BASEMAN must throw the ball to the LEFT FIELDER who must tag the outfield spot in leftfield and throw the ball to the CATCHER covering home plate. (The team's time ends when the CATCHER tags home plate.)
  • A five second penalty will be assessed for each umpire-assisted overthrow and each missed base including home plate.

A SPECIAL COOPERSTOWN DREAMS PARK TROPHY WILL BE PRESENTED
TO THE TEAM THAT WINS THE "AROUND THE HORN PLUS" CONTEST.

EACH HEAD COACH MUST SELECT ONE DIFFERENT PLAYER FOR EACH OF THE INDIVIDUAL EVENTS AND NINE (9) DIFFERENT MEMBERS OF HIS/HER TEAM FOR THE "AROUND THE HORN PLUS" CONTEST. NO PASSING WILL BE ALLOWED IN ANY EVENT.




2017 OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT RULES

Major League Rules with these modifications
Click here for a printable copy of the 2017 Official Tournament Rules  (updated 1/23/2017)



2017 TOURNAMENT WEEKLY ITINERARY

Friday:


After 6:00 p.m.

  • For your travel convenience, all teams are encouraged to take advantage of early check-in on Friday evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. under the Baseball Village Dining Pavilion.  Services include: check-in at Medical Infirmary, submission of team medical forms and birth certificates, team accommodations, team and individual studio scheduling (photos), uniform laundry sign-up, Retail Center, Concessions and pin trading.  Saturday morning continental breakfast tickets will be available for purchase.  Official team registration will begin Saturday at 8:30 a.m. (ALL teams must officially register Saturday between 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.).  First team meal will be served Saturday afternoon following Team Orientation. .

Saturday:


Between 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

  • We highly recommend that you plan to attend our Saturday morning breakfast from 8:00 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. at the Family Pavilion.  Your participation will help the Cooperstown Dreams Park staff with traffic and safety issues that arise during the extremely busy registration period on Saturday morning.  There is a nominal fee for each person and the breakfast will include:  bagel (cream cheese and jelly), cereal and milk, choice of fruit (banana or orange), juice, milk and condiments.

Between 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

    • Check into Clubhouses.  Parents and family members may enter the Baseball Village between 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. (Saturday) to help campers with luggage and equipment.  Staff will be available to assist guests transporting luggage and equipment from the parking areas.  Vehicles will not be permitted in the Baseball Village on Saturday.
  • Only the team contact is needed at registration to submit the team’s Agreement to Participate with Waiver and Release of Liability forms, Camp Health History and Examination forms, Official Certified Birth Certificates from all players, Parental Authorization and Consent (Coaches/Counselors) forms and the Parental Authorization and Consent (Child with Other Parent/s) forms.  To ensure participation all forms must be completed and signed.  The team contact must submit the required forms in a standard notebook/binder. Coaches/Counselors must complete their Camp Health History and Examination forms but a doctor’s signature is not required
  • At registration you will sign up for your team and individual photo studio session.
  • At registration you will sign up for your team laundry service.
  • Teams change into their desgnated red or blue Dreams Park Uniforms (sock color must match uniform color and the whole team must wear the same color). Pant legs must be worn at the knee. Each team's uniform color will be issued at Photo registration for the photo session and Opening Cermony.
  • Coach/Counselor … READ and REVIEW the "Rules of Dreams Park" with all campers and parents!.

Parents and family members must exit the Baseball Village by 11:00 a.m. Parents may return to the field side (Family Pavilion and Concession Area). See Map

Chicken Barbecue dinners for parents and family members are available for a nominal cost in the Family Pavilion Saturday (11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) and Thursday afternoon (4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.).

Between 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Umpire Orientation at 1:00 p.m. (Field #15).
  • All teams report to Baseball Village Dining Pavilion for Orientation at 2:00 p.m. (full uniforms required).
  • Address by Dreams Park Directors.
  • Dinner: Teams must eat as a team unit. The first meal served by Cooperstown Dreams Park will begin at 3:00 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

  • Family Orientation, Opening Ceremony and Skills Competitions in Little Majors Stadium.

4:45 p.m. to Finish

    • All teams must assemble in the Baseball Village Dining Pavilion for Procession of Athletes, Opening Ceremony and Skills Competitions dressed in Official Cooperstown Dreams Park uniforms.

9:00 p.m. or 15 Minutes following finish of the Skills Competitions

  • Head Coach and Umpire meeting in the Baseball Village Dining Pavilion. (This meeting is mandatory for all head coaches, failure to attend and sign-in will result in a one-game suspension assigned by the Tournament Director.)

Sunday through Tuesday:

  • *Tournament Play - Teams play scheduled games daily (weather permitting). Final Championship Tournament Seedings are posted approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of the last 7:00 p.m. game Tuesday evening. The single-elimination Championship Tournament begins Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.
  • Visit the Cooperstown area and the National Baseball Hall of Fame during your free time at the Coaches'/Counselors' discretions. (Coaches/Counselors, campers and umpires MUST wear their Cooperstown Dreams Park apparel into Cooperstown). Free daily bus service for parents, families and teams is provided at the designated area in Parking Lot B (bus schedule will be posted).
  • Each Coach/Counselor on the roster is responsible for the safety and whereabouts of campers at all times. Any camper leaving Dreams Park must sign in/out with his/her Coach/Counselor and security personnel upon exiting Dreams Park. Any authorized guardian removing campers, including their child, are required to complete a Dreams Park Checkout Form (Forms are available at Security booths, the Village Office and Baseball Operations Center).
  • Tournament seeding will take place Tuesday evening under the Dining Pavilion following the completion of all regularly scheduled games.

Lights Out by 10:30 p.m. NIGHTLY! (Please respect other teams.)

Wednesday:

  • Wednesday playoff game schedule: 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.*

Thursday:

  • Playoffs continue at 8:30 a.m.*
  • Chicken barbecue dinners for parents and family members are available for a nominal fee in the Family Pavilion Thursday afternoon (4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.).
  • Train ride on the Scenic & Historic Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad provided by the Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society (nominal cost). Check train schedule for days and times.

5:30 p.m.

  • All teams must assemble in the Baseball Village Dining Pavilion for Procession of Athletes, Closing Ceremony and Hall of Fame Ring Presentation dressed in full Official Cooperstown Dreams Park uniforms.

6:00 p.m.*

  • Procession of Athletes (in full Cooperstown Dreams Park uniform), Closing Ceremony, Ring Presentation and Induction into the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • Fireworks follow the ceremony at dusk.
  • Championship Game following fireworks.

Friday Morning:

  • Checkout and depart no later than 9:00 a.m. There will be no meals served on Friday.

*All Times are subject to change based upon completion of tournament play and inclement weather..



Security and 24-hour medical staff on Dreams Park property.

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2017 TOURNAMENT SERVICES

  • 24-Hour medical and first aid staff.
  • 24-Hour security.
  • Free admission to all games.
  • Free family and guest parking.
  • Cooperstown Dreams Park Retail Center (Including Bat Engraving, Baseball Engraving, Clothing & Souvenir Shop and Photo Center).
  • Food is available at all Cooperstown Dreams Park concession stands.
  • Chicken barbecues on Saturdays and Thursdays.
  • Train ride on the Scenic & Historic Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad provided by the Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society (tickets are available for a nominal cost in the Clothing and Souvenir Shop).
  • Free shuttle bus between Dreams Park and downtown Cooperstown.
  • Uniform Laundry service is provided for teams and umpires (at registration).
  • Daily Pin Trading - Coaches please ensure all pins are removed from their individual plastic bags before trading.
  • Water by the case; ice is also available for team purchase in the Baseball Village
  • Daily Webcast (Ceremonies, Skills Competitions, Game Play on Fields #1-#10 and Championship Game)

Cooperstown Dreams Park Retail Center

Clothing & Souvenir Shop - Photo Center - Engraving Shop
Your only source for authentic Dreams Park gear and officially licensed collectible souvenirs

Featuring

  • Weekly Tournament Roster T-Shirts
  • Player and Roster Engraved Bats, Custom Engraved Baseballs
  • Souvenir Guide with Weekly Tournament information
  • Team Studio, Action and Community Photos

Hours:

  • Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - Close
  • Sunday through Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 9:00 a.m. - Close
  • Friday 7:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Cooperstown Dreams Park Concession Stands

Open daily 8:00 a.m. until the end of the last game

Extensive Menu:

  • Always fresh, always delicious
  • BREAKFAST - LUNCH - DINNER
  • Breakfast Sandwiches and Burritos - Danish - Muffins - Cereal - Bagels - Fruit
  • Milk - Juice - Cappuccino - Hot Chocolate - Pepsi Beverages - Hot or Cold Apple Cider
  • Enjoy our selection of fresh wraps, subs and salads prepared to order
  • Hot Dogs - Burgers - Hot Sandwiches
  • Nachos - Apple Pie - Ice Cream - Snacks

*Special order pizzas for team or birthday parties*

2017 Daily Itinerary

MEALS

  • 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast
  • 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Dinner
  • *Thursday Dinner 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

ALL MEALS ARE SERVED IN THE BASEBALL VILLAGE DINING PAVILION.

GAME TIMES (Teams play scheduled games daily)

  • Sunday - Tuesday
  • 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday
  • 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday
  • 8:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. & 9:15 p.m.

Championship Tournament Seedings are posted approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of the last 7:00 p.m. game on Tuesday. The single-elimination Championship Tournament begins Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

NIGHTLY ACTIVITIES

  • Pin trading
  • 10:30 p.m. Lights Out
  • Village Concession is open until lights out.
  • Wallbanger Arcade

COACHES' DISCRETIONS

  • Team warm-up and practice
  • Trips into Cooperstown and surrounding area attractions
  • Train ride on Scenic and Historic Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad.

Teams and umpires MUST wear their Cooperstown Dreams Park apparel into Cooperstown.

All meals will be served at scheduled times. Plan your day around the scheduled meal times. Team representatives may request and complete a Late Team Meal Request Form at the Baseball Operations Center in the Family Pavilion. Meals are saved only for teams in a game that finishes past a scheduled meal time due to a weather delay situation and must be approved by Baseball Operations. All team members must eat at the same table and clean up their dining area when finished.

*This schedule is subject to change!

THE DREAMS PARK EXPERIENCE ...

While promoting a high caliber of play, our goal is to have young players experience the purity of baseball as it was meant to be.

  • By stepping up to the plate, regardless of outcome, all players leave with a sense of pride, dignity and accomplishment.

THE MISSION OF COOPERSTOWN DREAMS PARK

Our mission is to provide a cultural and life-enriching experience for young boys and girls who love the game of baseball. Cooperstown Dreams Park is a family baseball park featuring fun and excitement; friends and families spend their vacations here, watching teams from around the country play baseball.

  • By visiting the Village of Cooperstown and playing in the legendary home of baseball.
  • By meeting and playing against their peers from around the country.
  • By reaching within themselves to fulfill their ultimate dream.
" a place in time where they are their own heroes"™

just imagine ...

Being a part of history! Each player and coach will be immortalized by being inducted into the prestigious American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame where they will be enshrined. As a part of the Cooperstown Dreams Park experience, your team members will be awarded the coveted American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame ring - like the champions before them - and granted membership into this distinguished baseball club. All Cooperstown Dreams Park participants share this great honor.

just imagine ...

In the town where baseball began ... your place in history with baseball's greats. At no other time in the history of youth baseball has there ever been an invitational tournament quite like Cooperstown Dreams Park, with its unique baseball atmosphere ... where baseball present meets the traditional values of baseball past. Take a step back in time ... with barnstormers of baseball past. Fields cut from the same pastures that have given life to the magical myth of Abner Doubleday. Teams travel far and wide to play on these sacred fields.

dreams really do come true

Cooperstown Dreams Park offers today's youth a chance to fulfill childhood dreams. We trust you will agree this is an opportunity of a lifetime. If you love baseball and kids, Cooperstown Dreams Park is the place to be. It is a must for America’s youth.

America's First and Foremost youth baseball Experience

2017 rules of dreams park

Violations will result in suspension of play and/or revocation of tournament invitation

1. Coaches/Counselors must be in visual and verbal contact with their team members at all times. The New York State Department of Health mandates that no team or individual shall be left alone at any time.

2. Teams must stay together as a unit. Individuals are not to wander around the Dreams Park without supervision.

3. Each Coach/Counselor on the roster is responsible for the safety of campers and must know their whereabouts at all times. Any camper leaving Dreams Park must sign in/out with his/her Coach/Counselor and Security personnel. Any authorized guardian removing campers, including their own child, will be required to complete a Checkout form (forms are available at Security, Baseball Village Office or Baseball Operations Center).

4. Cooperstown Dreams Park is a vehicular drive-in facility only for safety and security, no persons will be permitted to enter or leave the facility on foot. Guests attempting to walk into or out of the Dreams Park will be turned away. Repeat offenders will be barred from entering the grounds for the entire week. Note: this policy is strictly enforced. Cooperstown Dreams Park is a controlled environment in accordance with New York State Department of Health (Chapter I State Sanitary Code, Subpart 7-2, Children's Camps) and for the safety of all guests.

5. No pets are allowed on the Dreams Park property.

6. Bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, Heelys (wheeled sneakers) or motorized personal transportation devices (Segways, Hoverboards) are NOT allowed on the Dreams Park property.

7. Restricted Area signs are posted throughout Dreams Park. Do not enter restricted areas.

8. No standing on Cooperstown Dreams Park stone walls.

9. Vehicles may be driven over the bridge into the Baseball Village area ONLY during the check in period from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. FRIDAY. Plenty of parking is available for guests. Please park in the designated parking areas. Violators will be towed!

10. There are specific designated practice areas located next to the batting cages. No ball playing in the Baseball Village area.

11. Safety comes first at all times. Bathhouses and clubhouses are to be kept clean. No horseplay or roughhousing of any kind. Do not jump on bunk beds. Footlockers are not to be used as step stools or seats!

12. No bare feet at any time. Use shower shoes for protection; keep articles of clothing out of shower area. No team or individual is permitted to shower without supervision.

13. All team members must eat at the same table and clean up their dining area when finished.

14. Each clubhouse has been equipped with brooms, a dustpan, mattress covers, and footlockers, which must remain in the clubhouse. DO NOT take any of these items when you leave. Teams are responsible for daily cleanup (sweep floor, empty trash and make beds). Emergency exits cannot be blocked at any time. CLUBHOUSES ARE INSPECTED DAILY.

15. Cooperstown Dreams Park strives to provide a smoke free facility for the benefit of all players and guests. For that reason smoking will be allowed in designated areas ONLY. NO SMOKING OR SMOKELESS TOBACCO INSIDE OF BALL FIELDS OR IN THE BASEBALL VILLAGE. This rule is strictly enforced!

16. No profanity, no fighting.

17. No standing or sitting on stadium walls, running or crossing through grassy areas. Stay on the asphalt walkways! We ask all campers to respect Cooperstown Dreams Park property and facilities as they would their own home.

18. In the spirit of good sportsmanship, no horns, music, banging on stadium walls or any other activity that creates excessive noise is permitted. All noise should cease when the pitcher toes the pitching rubber.

19. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at all times and will be confiscated. Anyone possessing alcoholic beverages will be asked to leave the facility

20. Outside food or beverages of any kind (except for bottled water) are not permitted on Dreams Park property, in accordance with the NYS Department of Health.

21. Team Coolers only. Water and ice for the team must be distributed to the coach at the entrance(s) to the Baseball Village. Guests will not be allowed to bring coolers into Cooperstown Dreams Park.

22. Lost and found items: Please bring all items to the security booth at Baseball Village South Entrance/Security. (Cooperstown Dreams Park is not responsible for lost items!)

23. Teams and individuals will be held responsible for damage to Dreams Park property.

24. Game balls are provided by Cooperstown Dreams Park. All foul balls must be returned to the umpire or a member of the Baseball Operations staff.

25. In the event of severe weather, teams will be directed to return to their clubhouses and parents/guests will be directed to their vehicles until further notification.

26. NO recreational vehicles (RVs) or campers are permitted to park overnight on Cooperstown Dreams Park property.

Parents and family guests of Cooperstown Dreams Park assume all risk and danger of personal injury, losses, damages to person or property and all hazards arising from or related in any way to, the events at Cooperstown Dreams Park that they are attending. Cooperstown Dreams Park is private property with 24-hour surveillance and management reserves the right to refuse admission or eject any person whose conduct is deemed by management to be disorderly or who fails to comply with the rules and regulations of Cooperstown Dreams Park.

Please Note: These rules are not all-inclusive. Common sense should be used at all times. Violations of these rules may lead to team or individual suspension from tournament play and/or Dreams Park activities.

IMPORTANT PIN TRADING INFORMATION

Pin Trading has become a tradition for teams, umpires, parents and guests. Many teams have custom-made lapel pins, while others utilize pins provided by their communities or sponsors. Building a pin collection provides everyone an extra opportunity to interact. Enjoy the fun of pin trading!

The Cooperstown Pins Company can assist you in designing and producing custom team pins for trading. As the official pin supplier of Cooperstown Dreams Park, Cooperstown Pins offers top quality pins at a exclusive price. Call today or visit their website to see how easy it is to get started.

1-866-815-7467

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